By: Maria Granados & Wageha Moktar
Who is most likely to get the disease?
- Higher risk if family members have had pulmonary embolism
- Heart disease and cancer put you at higher risk
- Prolonged immobility (bed rest, long journeys)
- Smoking, being overweight, supplemental estrogen, and pregnancy.
- Blood tests
- Chest X-ray
- CT scan
- Pulmonary angiogram
How is it treated?
- Blood thinners (anticoagulants)- Prevent new clots from forming while body recovers
- Clot dissolvers (thrombolytics)- medication given through vein
- Surgical procedures- clot removal and vein filter
- Recovery depends on where the blood clot was located and the size of it.
- If the surgery goes as planned, people recover well.
- Some people may die if the blood clot breaks lose